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For centuries many Native American Tribes have used elderberries as medicine. I really enjoy going out to gather them every fall, to be used as medicine through out the year.

Some benefits include boosting immune system, alleviate allergies, lowers blood sugar, control diabetes and are high in vitamin C.

Caution that they are not meant to be eaten raw, and can be harmful. They need to be cooked or dried for prep before ingesting.

It is not recommended for infants until six months of age, and only one tsp per day. I always advise to consult with your pediatrician before introducing something out of the normal baby cuisine.

When making the applesauce for her I omitted the honey, due to being harmful for infants under the age of one. For adults honey is a great option as it is antibacterial, can reduce cough and irritation, and rich in antioxidants.

 Dusk is loving the rainbow of flavors and variety of foods.

Dusk is loving the rainbow of flavors and variety of foods.

 LEFT TO RIGHT- BANANA AND RICE CEREAL, PEAS AND SWEET POTATOES, ELDERBERRY APPLESAUCE, BUTTERNUT SQUASH AND APPLES

LEFT TO RIGHT- BANANA AND RICE CEREAL, PEAS AND SWEET POTATOES, ELDERBERRY APPLESAUCE, BUTTERNUT SQUASH AND APPLES

When Dusk turned six months old I began making all of her baby food. Most pediatricians will advise you to wait till they are six months old. Your baby will show you signs and take interest in what your eating. All babies are different, and you will know what is best for your child.

I began with the basics such as squashes, apples, peas, rice cereal and sweet potatoes. I would introduce her to a new food every four days, with keeping an eye on any potential food allergies.  Once she had gone through the basics I could then start combining foods together.

It is important when making your own baby food to be VERY clean and sanitary. I have chosen to use glass containers for storage and BPA-free plastic containers. When feeding your baby out of the jars discard any left over food, that could have been contaminated by saliva.

Store bought baby food only lists the expiration date, not the day it was made. This is one of many reasons why I chose to make her food at home. The fresher the food the more nutrient dense it is, and in general better for her.

 DUSK enjoying her first taste of real food, watermelon.

DUSK enjoying her first taste of real food, watermelon.